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Pershing County, Nevada

According to the 2000 Census, Pershing County, Nevada has a population of 6,693 people. Of those, 5,200 (83%) are White, 358 (5%) are Black, and 1,294 (17%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,378 (or 21% of the 6,693 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Pershing County a population of 5,315 with a demographic that is 82% White, 0% Black, and 20% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 6,693 1,378 5,315
White 5,200 861 4,339
Black 358 340 18
Latino 1,294 226 1,068


Notes:

[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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